The left-back has played just once in three months for Man United and Scholes claimed if he was fit and firing he’d easily be the club’s first choice.
Mourinho has confirmed he has no intentions of selling the Englishman, but has claimed Shaw needs to work hard for his place in the starting line-up, which means it’s unlikely that he’ll face his old club in Sunday’s EFL Cup final at Wembley.
Speaking about the situation, Scholes claims he needs the desire to establish himself first-team player.
“From Southampton and playing for England, you’ve got a potential to be one of the best left-backs in the world, but for some reason, whether Mourinho’s handling him the way he did with Henrikh Mkhitaryan or whether he’s not playing him to try to give him a bit of hunger, a bit of desire to come into the team and prove how good he is, I don’t know.
“He’s had a few injuries, hasn’t he?
“It’s difficult to tell since we don’t know what’s going on at the training ground but he’s been fit for a few weeks now and whether his focus is totally on football or on something else I don’t know, but for one reason or another the manager’s not playing him.
“If he was fit and flying and playing the way he should be, and training the way he should be, he would definitely be the first-choice left back.”
We saw what he was capable last season and it’s a shame to see his talent being wasted on the sidelines each week, however Mourinho knows whats best and will be handling the situation similar to Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s time earlier in the campaign.